The Managers Club

Formerly Music Business Academy

Connect with the Music Industry’s Best, Make Your Artist’s Dreams Come True, and Build a Successful Career

Join The Club

Expertise

Direction

Connections

Accountability

Learn From Superstar Artist’s Teams

From Major Label A&R to Tour Managers and everyone in between, who work with artists, brands, and music companies such as:

Speakers pictured: (L) Samantha Cox, Sean Taylor, (R) Kappy, Nick Sadler, Shawn Thompson

Artists

Alicia Keys
Dolly Parton
Guns N’ Roses
Lady Gaga
Luke Combs
Lynrd Skynrd
Morgan Wallen
Skrillex
Taylor Swift
The Rolling Stones
The Weeknd
+ many more.

Pictured: Samantha Cox (Publisher: Halsey, Lady Gaga, Bebe Rexha) and Sean Taylor (Marketing: Warner Music, 24kGoldn, Macy Gray)

BRANDS

Armani
Coca-Cola
Fossil
HBO
Hyundai
Jaguar
John Lennon Menswear
McDonald’s
NFL
Nissan
Taco Bell
+ more

Pictured: Kappy (Manager: Luke Combs), Nick Sadler (A&R: Skrillex, The Prototypes), Shawn Thompson (Entertainment Attorney: Lynyrd Skynyrd, St. Vincent, Bassnectar)

MUSIC COMPANIES

AEG
Billboard
BMI
Songwriters Hall of Fame
SONY Music
SoundCloud
The Recording Academy
The Windish Agency
Universal Music
Warner Music Group
WME
+ more

Too Many Artist Managers Are:

  • Stressed out.
  • Doubting themselves.
  • Afraid of failing and not living up to their client’s expectations.

This is Likely Because They Are:

  • Lacking expertise and clear direction.
  • Lacking the right contacts and connections.
  • Struggling with unreliable artist clients or lacking clients.

When things stay like this for too long and managers struggle to get results for their clients, they end up:

  • Quitting or getting fired by their artists.
  • Leaving the industry entirely.
  • Or worse, feeling like failures.

We’re Here To Change That.

We don’t just care about artists; we care about managers.

SmartistU (Est. 2013) and The Managers Club (Est. 2020) were created by and are run by managers who get it.

We believe you deserve to reach your dreams and make a name for yourself in this industry.

Together, We make Dreams Come True.

YOU have what it takes to make your artist’s dreams come true. And in the process, making your own dreams come true.

  • Becoming a high-demand music professional.
  • Building a successful and sustainable career.

What better way to learn to create stars than learning from those who have created stars?

  • Increase your artist roster.
  • Increase your music industry connections.
  • Accelerate your music business expertise.

Save time and accelerate your results.

    Introducing:

    The
    Managers
    Club

    Expertise

    Direction

    Connections

    Accountability

    Speakers include: (Top) Danny Goldberg (Steve Earle, Nirvana), Jeanine McLean-Williams (H.E.R., Alecia Keys), Jim Cressman (Brett Kissel, Dolly Parton), (Bottom) Rick Barker (Taylor Swift), Edgel Groves Jr. (T-Pain, Selena Gomez), and Danny Rukasin (Billie Eilish).

    Expertise

    1. MONTHLY COACHING CLASSES

    Access to superstar team members (GRAMMY-level experts) through monthly Coaching Class Q&A’s, to super-charge your expertise & increase client base.

    You get to meet them on camera to get answers to your burning questions. Shy? You’ve got options! Join on audio-only, type in the chatbox, or submit your questions in advance.

    You also receive unlimited access to all past classes, unlocking access to the full library of recordings.

    What members are saying:

    Direction

    2. THE SMARTISTU METHOD

    Gain massive clarity, direction, & progress, saving you years of time, with SmartistU’s Method of Artist Management MASTERY.

    Exclusive to The Managers Club.

    M – MINDSET
    A – A&R
    S – SUPERFANS
    T – TEAMS
    E – EARNINGS
    R – ROUTINES
    Y – YOU & YOUR OWN LIFE

    Direction

    2. THE SMARTISTU METHOD

    Gain massive clarity, direction, & progress, saving you years of time, with SmartistU’s Method of Artist Management MASTERY.

    Exclusive to The Managers Club.

    M – MINDSET
    A – A&R
    S – SUPERFANS
    T – TEAMS
    E – EARNINGS
    R – ROUTINES
    Y – YOU & YOUR OWN LIFE

    Connections

    3. PRIVATE MUSIC COMMUNITY

    You’ll join our private group called The Green Room where you’ll increase your connections worldwide with your new network of managers and other industry professionals from across the globe.

    Tap into the collective knowledge & experience of a community of music professionals from around the globe through our private group.

    Accountability

    4. SUCCESS TEAMS

    Stay focused on your path of building a successful career with your personalized Success Team.

    We pair you up with accountability partners based on experience, genre, and geographical location.

    And provide you with Goal Setting and Review templates and prompts. 

    Accountability

    4. SUCCESS TEAMS

    Stay focused on your path of building a successful career with your personalized Success Team.

    We pair you up with accountability partners based on experience, genre, and geographical location.

    And provide you with Goal Setting and Review templates and prompts. 

    Plus, limited time bonuses.

    Receive access to these one-time instant downloads.

    SmartistU Agent Pitchbook
    SmartistU Publisher Pitchbook
    SmartistU Record Label A&R Pitchbook
    SmartistU Manager Pitchbook

    Ready to Join The Club?

    No Minimum Monthly Commitment.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    I'm busy, what is the time committment?

    Time management is half the reason this club exists. The M.A.S.T.E.R.Y Method is designed to save you years of time, you just have to follow the checklist. The Coaching Classes save you years of DIY mistakes. You can submit your questions in advance if you can’t attend, saving even more time.

    Is it suitable for me if I don't have any artist clients yet?

    Yes! This program will help you fast forward your music industry knowledge better than any school can, putting you in a better position to land new clients.

    Is it suitable for me if I’m an artist?

    Yes. This program will help you fast forward your music industry knowledge better than any school can, putting you in a better position to manage yourself professionally.

    Is it suitable for me if I’m not a manager or an artist?

    If you have the desire to learn about the music industry and how the business side of it works, then this program is for you. 

    What payment plans are available?

    The Managers Club is a monthly membership subscription, meaning members pay monthly subscription fees. 

    Can you help me with my career 1-on-1?

    As soon as you enroll, you gain access to our private community called The Green Room where you can receive personalized help from everyone in there. Additionally, we have dedicated time in every coaching class for members to ask their personal questions.

    Can I login from my phone?

    Yes. Our website is mobile optimized and easy to use from your smart phone or tablet. Pro tip: add a short cut app to your iPhone or Android home screen, to easily access without typing in your browser. Additionally, all of our classes are over Zoom, which is also mobile-friendly.

    "THANK YOU x 100!! You are giving me the 'know how' to move forward! ...SUPER grateful for you and all that you've done to help artists like me move forward with confidence."

    Karen Andrew

    "What you are doing for us aspiring Music Managers is phenomenal!...I thank you for keeping me up on my game! Your truly an inspiration and I give thanks for you and efforts to make us better!"

    Antoine Lavelle

    "So far I’ve tried several packages on managing artists and managing yourself as an artist and yours by far, without me even diving deep into the product, is already helping me out tremendously as a self-managed artist.

    Just wanted to send out positive vibes and say thank you for the insight."

    Naomi Agosto

    "Your templates, checklists and spreadsheets alone have given me a huge leg up, and you've saved me months of labour. Thank you for doing this. I look forward to sharing my successes (and those of my artists) with you and your other members."

    Steve Parton